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Name:  Shelby Steele  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: Chicago, Illinois

-- Shelby Steele on WorldCat --

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A bound man :
ISBN: 9781400126033. OCLC Number: 326818907

Tantor Media,. .

A leading black intellectual offers an analysis of the complex racial issues confronting Barack Obama in his quest for the presidency, assessing the unique--and disparate--challenges that threaten his support in both the white and black communities.

A bound man :
ISBN: 1400106036. OCLC Number: 188834625

Tantor Audio,. .

"Award-winning author Steele attests that Senator Barack Obama's groundbreaking quest for the highest office in the land is fast becoming a galvanizing occasion beyond mere presidential politics, one that is forcing a national dialogue on the current state of race relations in America. Says Steele, poverty and inequality usually are the focus of such dialogues, but Obama's bid for so high an office pushes the conversation to a more abstract level where race is a politics of guilt and innocence generated by our painful racial history--a kind of morality play between (and within) the races in which innocence is power and guilt is impotence."--Container.

A dream deferred :
ISBN: 9780061743498. OCLC Number: 1019615418

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The content of our character :
ISBN: 006097415X. OCLC Number: 21523520

St. Martin's Press,. .

An examination of race in America--the causes of the increasing friction between black and white Americans, and the possibiliity of hope for a more harmonious future. The author looks closely at his own life in an integrated society, and, in challenging his own preconceptions about race, causes us to rethink our own.

White guilt :
ISBN: 9780060578633. OCLC Number: 148665150

Harper Perennial,. .

In 1955 the murderers of Emmett Till, a black Mississippi youth, were acquitted of their crime, undoubtedly because they were white. Forty years later, O.J. Simpson, who many thought would be charged with murder by virtue of the DNA evidence against him, went free after his attorney portrayed him as a victim of racism. Clearly, a sea change had taken place in American culture, but how had it happened? In this work, distinguished race relations scholar Shelby Steele argues that the age of white supremacy has given way to an age of white guilt - and neither has been good for African Americans. Through his analysis and recollections of the last half century of American race relations, Steele calls for a new culture of personal responsibility, a commitment to principles that can fill the moral void created by white guilt. White leaders must stop using minorities as a means to establish their moral authority - and black leaders must stop indulging them. As White Guilt concludes, the alternative is a dangerous ethical relativism that extends beyond race relations into all parts of American life.--Jacket.